Foundation Permit Applied For At Block 55 Vertical Shopping Center & Affordable Housing Complex

A foundation permit had been filed for at the Block 55 project in downtown Miami.

Records show that contractor Coastal Construction filed the application to begin foundation work, although the full filing is not completed as of today. The developer had previously targeted a May 1 groundbreaking date.

Block 55 will include:

  • 578 affordable apartments for seniors
  • 250,000 square feet of retail space
  • 1,050 parking spaces
  • A 1,400 square foot police substation

Retail tenants will include Target, Aldi, Ross, Ulta, Burlington, and Youfit.

In April, Target and the developer modified their lease to prohibit any other General Merchandise retailer with revenues above $5 billion from operating on the property, including Amazon lockers. Target’s modification was recorded with Miami-Dade’s clerk of courts.

Swerdlow Group, SJM Partners, and Alben Duffie are the developers.

 

The site still has not had its trees removed as of this morning:

 


 

 

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Anonymous
4 months ago

Finally Overtown is stepping it up. Let’s hope they clean it if all the homeless and drug addicts too. This could become an amazing neighborhood.

Anonymous
4 months ago

The crack epidemic hit that area so hard for generations…hope it keeps improving and builds up the community for the future.

Anonymous
4 months ago

You need to inject new people to improve the community.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Do you know any Crack addicts in that neighborhood? Or are you just assuming and thus stigmatizing an area that you don’t particularly like?

Grady Muhammad
4 months ago

A bunch of haters that’s all

Grady Muhammad
4 months ago

No you don’t. Help the longtime residents. Who stayed through all the up and downs. Homeownership would be great by redeveloping Public Housing, Rainbow Village, were I grew up until I was 21 years old and moved out and brought me a Home. I also moved outmy Mom, Nieces and Nephews out of the Projects. I would only be willing to move back into Historic Overtown for Homeownership.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Saying “the drug epidemic” takes the responsibility away from people that do drug as if it wasn’t something they didn’t choose to do. Drug addicts ruined the area and they better move out.

Anonymous
4 months ago

How’s the view from your perch?

Anonymous
4 months ago

How’s the self pity thing working out?

Anonymous
4 months ago

That’s like Republicans saying their man didn’t when the presidential election because of voting.

Anonymous
4 months ago

I meant “win,” not when.

Anonymous
4 months ago

^ Oh, I didn’t make sense to you? Okay, I’ll explain the comment:

Donald Trump said he lost the presidential election because “Democrats stole the election” from him. Now, even that gullible governor of Florida joined in with other Republicons and signed a bill into law to limit the amount of Democratic voters that vote in the state. It’s pure bs that shows how Republicons act like little children who think they should always get their way. And now that Trump lost, these Republicons will do anything in their power to dismay the Democratic voters of this country and make sure next election their man gets in the Oval Office.

Now, have you recovered enough from that drunken stupor you’re always in to read this?

Anonymous
4 months ago

You’re the one on a drunken stupor—-this thread has nothing to do with politics. Either contribute to the topic at hand or don’t bother.

Anonymous
4 months ago

^ Shut up you dufus opeoid addicted Republicon.

Anonymous
4 months ago

I mean it once was an amazing neighborhood 60+ years ago. But you know what happened, don’t you?

Anonymous
4 months ago

Please, explain it to me.

transplant
4 months ago

The irony in uprooting these trees when so many parts of Miami could use the shade. Hope they can remove them and use them to everyone’s benefit elsewhere.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Transplanting a tree of that size in our location is not feasible. All you will need is a strong afternoon thunderstorm in the summer to topple over a massive live oak like what is pictured. The trauma to the root system would also be to big of a shock to overcome.

It’s unfortunate when a tree has to come down, but it’s the central urban core. Better a couple trees here than thousands in the fringes of the county with urban sprawl.

Anonymous
4 months ago

We should be planting trees all over the city. Look at Coral Way. It’s a grand street because of the incredibly beautiful tree canopy. We need more like this

Anonymous
4 months ago

If pruned correctly, a live oak can survive a Category 5.

Royal palms get beheaded even with the slightest gust of wind.

Anonymous
4 months ago

I said a TRANSPLANTED Live Oak will not survive an afternoon thunderstorm let alone a tropical storm or hurricane. The root structure that gives support and structural integrity to oak will not be there and will not develop correctly after the trauma of transplanting. If it were much smaller it might have had a chance.

The jumbo limbos on the other hand might have a chance, but the resources needed to attempt such endeavors is not worth it as most end up dying. It’s better to plant smaller live oaks and other tropical hardwoods that can have enough time to develop strong root systems in their new locations.

Anonymous
4 months ago

University of Miami removes trees like this and replant them all the time.

EJS
4 months ago

Yes! Aldi! First one in the downtown/Edgewater/Brickell area.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Why now everything has to come down to racism? Like you’re perfect…
I bet there’s more black racists than whites.

Anonymous
4 months ago

1000 parking spaces

Anonymous
4 months ago

Just be happy we’re not getting another Publix.

EJS
4 months ago

The Publix is across the street in 3 Miami Central … Haha.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Precisely

Anonymous
4 months ago

what is wrong with publix ?

Anonymous
4 months ago

Although basically nothing but their deli is lackluster. It’s obvious to all of you praising Publix you have never traveled or lived in other states to compare. One of the things I miss most living here is the variety of supermarkets with great international diversity.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Go shop and Sedanos and get e coli then.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Honestly, Sedano would be a variety.

Awaiting for approval
4 months ago

I don’t approve and will not await.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Totally agree with you 1000 %
It’s so over rated. We need more variety super markets here.

Anonymous
4 months ago

What.. you don’t like Plantains?

Anonymous
4 months ago

Love em thick

Bryan Riley
4 months ago

Its not just the parking spaces in these buildings its the questionable ingress and egress design. A recent example is River Landing. The intersection to enter and exit is a disaster. They are not even charging for parking currently because the egress backs up multiple levels in the garage. The barriers are staying permanently open. We will see what happens in the future.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Also, River Landing is a “SAP” Special Area Plan, meaning 9+ Acres, and yet the sidewalks in front on the north are 5′ wide! How about some proper egress and ingress for people too, could they have spared it with that massive site!

Anonymous
4 months ago

The prison window architecture says enough. Low quality design, inside and out. But you know, it’s affordable.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Arquitectonica designed at it’s best!

Anonymous
4 months ago

Yes, the parking areas at River Landing are weird, and the whole design is not optimal, too much empty space in the middle of each floor, it makes the shopping center look empty. So far it looks like a success, however, especially when all the restaurants/food options finally open.

Anonymous
4 months ago

I’d rather see all the comments that weren’t approved.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Those comments are still awaiting approval

Anonymous
4 months ago

I really hope those beautiful trees will be saved and replanted.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Love this project.
It will be amazing.
What a catalyst for the area!!!

Anonymous
4 months ago

I checked this article at 1, and there was already a parking comment. Some people stalk TNm for them to post just to say this.😊

Anonymous
4 months ago

They would rather people search for somewhere to park while living or shopping at this new development. Meanwhile where they live, they have one or two spots to park their vehicle in.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Car culture is bad

Anonymous
4 months ago

Not having money to buy a car is worse.

Anonymous
4 months ago

What an absolute joke this is.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Like the affordable housing and Target, but the parking pedestal is hideous.

Anonymous
4 months ago

Great. Let’s uproot some beautiful trees and build this hunk of CRAP. This is why Miami is a joke.

Anonymous
4 months ago

^ Another person who love and hate capitalism at the same time.